Shhh…I have a secret to share. I eat bugs! Yes, you read that right. I eat bugs! Before you get all grossed out on me, let me present some fascinating facts.
I’ll start with protein. Here’s what Dr. Josh Axe unravels about cricket flour:
- By dry weight, a single cricket ranges between 65–70 percent pure protein, while beef is only 17–40 percent protein.
- A 200 calorie serving of cricket flour contains about 31 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 1.8 grams omega-3, 7 grams fiber.
- A 200 calorie serving of beef contains about 22.4 grams protein, 11 grams of fat, 0.04 grams omega-3, 0 grams fiber.
- A 200 calorie serving of eggs contains about 19 grams protein, 15 grams of fat, 0.1 grams omega-3, 0 grams fiber.
- To get one pound of protein, about 2,500 gallons of water is required for cattle, 800 gallons for pigs, 567 for chickens and one gallon for crickets.
- Crickets require about six times less feeding than cattle, four times less than sheep and two times less than pigs to produce the same amount of protein.
Crickets also amazingly contain all nine essential amino acids like chicken, beef, pork, and fish!
So, you see, crickets are a good protein source and a smart choice for sustainability as well.
Wait, there’s more! Crickets are a great way to obtain magnificent minerals. A serving of cricket flour has five times more magnesium than a serving of beef. It seems like more research about the benefits of magnesium hits the peer-reviewed journal every month. For example, a recent Harvard study review suggests that increasing your magnesium intake may cut your risk of heart disease by as much as 22 percent; also, according to researchers in Japan, magnesium could help you lower your risk of type-2 diabetes by more than 30 percent.
And then there’s the iron factor. I know some people who specifically eat beef for the iron. Well, get this, cricket flour has more iron than beef! Iron ignites energy, boosts muscle function, and keeps your cognition healthy. Consuming enough iron is also very important for women who are pregnant.
Curious about how you can give cricket flour a try?
Check out Exo protein bars. You know how I always emphasize how important it is to have healthy snacks on hand? These are the perfect examples Exo makes nutritious, tasty, and sustainable food products from cricket flour. Formulated by a three-Michelin-starred chef and created with premium ingredients. Exo currently produces cricket flour protein bars in five flavors: PB&J, Banana Bread, Cocoa Nut, Apple Cinnamon, and Blueberry Vanilla. All bars are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and refined sugars.